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Bhutan archers to participate in 17th Asian Games

IMG_5697Gearing up: The four archers at the practice session

Archery: The national archery team will leave on September 11 to contest the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Three boys and a girl will represent the country at the games from September 19 to October 4.  Bhutan is taking part in the archery event. The team will halt at Bangkok to train for five days. The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asia, is the largest sporting event in Asia, governed by the Olympic Council of Asia. Forty-five countries are taking part in 439 events [... Read More]

Culvert-bridge over Lorikhachu washed away

10632738_1531843383717623_4913982842953769479_nShort-lived: The five-month old Lorikhachhu Bridge after heavy downpour

Monsoon: A five-month old culvert-bridge over Lorikhachu was washed away recently, leaving nine chiwogs under Tading gewog in Samtse disconnected from the motorable road. Two days prior to the incident, which happened on August 16, the swollen river washed away the walls of the bridge.  At that time, local government officials said, the bridge slabs were still intact. “However, after two days, Lorikhachu bridge was washed away because of the continued downpour,” Tading gup, Ashok Tamang, said. Villagers and other residents are using a suspension [... Read More]

Jigme Losel PS’s exchange programme

IMG_2332Sharing classroom: Chiya PS students with students of Jigme Losel PS

The now autonomous school is hosting twelve from a remote school in Udzorong Education: Twelve students from a remote school in Udzorong, Trashigang are attending classes at the Jigme Losel primary school as a part of an exchange programme. Jigme Losel PS initiated the programme after it was granted autonomy this year. The exchange programme, Jigme Losel PS teachers said, was a part of its five-year plan as an autonomous school.  The month-long programme is expected to help rural students gain exposure to an urban [... Read More]

PM addresses desuups

IMG_3153March past: MPs exhibit their marching skills

Lyonchhoen was at the formal launching of the 13th desuung training program Tencholing: Desuung is about patriotism, volunteerism, leadership and management, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said, addressing 121 executive officers and managers at the formal launching of the 13th desuung training program yesterday. The program is conducted at Tencholing military training centre, Wangduephodrang. “The very fact that you’re here is to prove that you are willing to step outside your comfort zone and do something,” the prime minister said. He also said that one could [... Read More]

Kangpara bouncing back from chili blight

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Production of the main cash crop has been progressing from strength to strength Agriculture: After losing huge quantities of chili, the main cash crop for Kangpara gewog, to blight in 2011, chili production in the gewog is now picking up. Last year, the gewog produced 360MT of chilies from 110MT the previous year.  In 2011, chili production had plummeted to about 30MT. “We’re expecting the production to increase further this year, as damage from blight after 2011 has dropped drastically,” agriculture extension supervisor, Pema Dorji, [... Read More]

Miners appeal for dismissal of case

20140905_142517The community members in front of the Thimphu dzongkhag court

Given the gravity of the suit, the court has decided to conduct two more rebuttals Gedaphu: Owners of the four mining companies, represented by a legal counsel, requested bench II of Thimphu district court to dismiss the Gedaphu mining case, after Gedaphu community members took the case to court. The community resorted to taking the case to court, after investigations ruled out that cracks on their houses were not caused by blasting. The defendants, while submitting a nine-page submission on September 5, in response to [... Read More]

Strengthening measures at sliding zone successful

IMG_3009In progress: Excavation works on the left bank for dam construction

The first five-metre depth of a total of 35m has already been completed Update: Strengthening measures taken at the sliding zone of Punatsangchu hydropower project authority (PHPA) I dam-site are found to be effective and well in progress, PHPA’s managing director RN Khazanchi said. Despite receiving higher rainfall in June, July and August this year, RN Khazanchi said water seepage into the mountains has not caused any issues, so far. “This means strengthening measures are going to work and efficacy is established,” he said. Excavation work was [... Read More]

Wamrong fire victims worry about loans

IMG_20140903_161327Temporary shelters at Wamrong where the three shopkeepers live

They fear the cost of constructing a new home may fall beyond their reach   Banks: With the deadline to vacate their temporary shelters having passed in June, four victims of a 2009 fire in Wamrong, Trashigang, who lost their homes, are concerned about their future. The four, all shopkeepers, are yet to construct houses.  And despite construction loans now being available, they are concerned that the lending conditions of the financial institutions are not within their means. One of the shopkeepers, Tshering Tobgay, said [... Read More]

Modern methods of research into Himalayan Buddhist texts

IMG_3050The workshop began since September 5 at dungdrop lobdra, Punakha

Workshop: To train Bhutanese monastic scholars and nuns in the research field, with an exposure to tools and conducts of the western academic world, a nine-day workshop began in Punakha since September 5. A first of its kind, the workshop was organised by zhung dratshang (central monastic body) and its Buddhist Education, the University of Hamburg, Department of India and Tibetan studies, and the Khyentse Centre for Tibetan Buddhist textual scholarship. Titled, ‘Himalayana Buddhist textual scholarship,’ the workshop is aimed at spreading knowledge of modern [... Read More]

Bumthang town awaits new lagthram

IMG_5965Aerial view of Bumthang

Construction, particularly of permanent structures, has remained suspended following NLC directives LAP: To complete the local area plan (LAP) of Bumthang town, the municipality awaits the arrival of lagthrams  (land ownership certificate), due to be issued after the cadastral resurvey was carried out in 2010. The expanded Bumthang town will stretch across 5.5sqkm, from Jalikhar in the east along Trashigang highway to Kurje lhakhang in the north. After issues pertaining to expansion stalled the physical growth of the town since 2007, it is now the [... Read More]

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